Mark Webber Signs New Deal With RBR For 2010: Thoroughly Deserved!

Mike WilkinsCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2009

DONNINGTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28:  Red Bull racing Formula 1 driver Mark Webber of Australia with Yamaha grid girls at the Castle Donnington race track on June 28, 2009 in Donnington, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Red Bull Racing have become the first Formula One team to have definitively confirmed their drivers for the 2010 season by announcing that they have signed a new deal with their Australian Star, Mark Webber.

This new contract is a reward for Marks suberb performances this year, with several podiums and excellent performances culminating in his dominant win in Germany last week.

"I'm extremely happy Red Bull and I have been able to agree to race together again next year," said Webber.

Mark added: "Even in the leaner and tougher years at the start of my relationship with the team, I've always enjoyed working with them." 

"So now to go through this purple patch, which we hope will continue for a good while to come, makes the work even more enjoyable." 

"We've a very exciting finish to this year's championship, but I'm also looking forward to helping to develop and race the car in the 2010 world championship."

RBR Boss, Christain Horner has also made his delight quite open for all to see.

"His recent results show he is on the form of his life - most notably with his recent win at the German GP - and he has the motivation to deliver at the highest level." 

"It was therefore a straightforward decision to extend the relationship." 

"We believe the driver line-up of Mark and Sebastian is one of the strongest in the sport."

In my humble view, this was always on the cards, and to me personally Mark had already expressed his desire to stay with the team beyond this season ... He even went as far to tell me that RBR was the only team he wanted to drive for.

At the MWSC latest dinner before the British Grand Prix, Mark went as far to say that if he didn't get the Red Bull drive, "I don't think I would bother with fighting to find another team", so I'm mightily relieved!

So, RBR have settled it. The currently have one of the strongest Driver lineups, and as Mark and Seb continue to work together, the worlds the limit!

Roll on Hungary, and teams up and down the pitlane should be worried. RBR are going to get stronger and stronger.